Dr. Amy Porter has been part of the Gonzaga Music Department since 2013, teaching a variety of courses including applied voice, vocal pedagogy, song literature, and ear training labs. She has served as Director of Discantus Treble Chorus (formerly GU Women's Chorus) since Fall 2017. Dr. Porter also taught at Whitworth University as Lecturer of Music (applied voice and related courses) from 2012-2019. She is the new Artistic Director of Spectrum Singers, an all-inclusive community chorus in Spokane. Dr. Porter is honored to serve as Interim Director of Choirs and Voice Studies and conduct GU Concert Choir in addition to Discantus Treble Chorus this year.
She earned her DMA in Voice with a doctoral minor in choral conducting with Dr. Kenneth Fulton and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with mezzo-soprano Dr. Lori Bade. Her Master of Music degree (Vocal Performance) and Professional Studies diploma were earned at Mannes College of Music in New York City with soprano Ruth Falcon. She also studied voice privately in New York with soprano Leyna Gabriele. Her professional conducting experience has included collegiate, liturgical, opera, and community choruses.
A Louisiana native, Dr. Porter has appeared in many standard operatic roles, including Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Violetta (La Traviata), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Mimi (La Bohème), Marguerite (Faust), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), and Alice (Falstaff). She has performed more contemporary operatic works, including Poulenc’s one-woman monodrama La Voix Humaine (Femme), Dinos Constantinides’s psychological one-act opera Rosanna (Angelina), and a partially televised production of David Amram’s Twelfth Night (Countess Olivia), as well as early music productions, including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dido) and the New York City premiere of Hildegard von Bingen’s medieval morality play Ordo Virtutum (Victory). An ardent solo performer of pre-classical repertoire, she was a founding member of the Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble (BREVE). Dr. Porter has performed recitals, concerts, and oratorio repertoire throughout the United States. She remains active as a professional soprano, performing recently as a featured soloist with INO (Inland Northwest Opera), Spokane Symphony, Spokane Kantorei Choir & Collegium Orchestra, and Chorale Coeur D'Alene.